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Robert James Fischer vs Henrique Mecking
"Mecking a Mess" (game of the day Nov-16-2009)
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 21, Dec-08
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-09  GMMandetowitch: Mecking reached number 3 of the world in FIDE ratings.Of course he was (and still is) a very strong player,but strangely enough I can't see anything so special in his games.Nowadays he seems to play very nervously,he fears the game somehow, and his endgame skills are not impressive,I agree.A good example of what I'm saying was his performance in Wijk An Zee earlier this year.He played some passive chess,never showing a desire to really win the game,he seemed to want a draw since the first move of every game,and he actually ended up in tough endings and had a lot of difficulties to hold his own,more likely losing than achieving the draw in most of the struggles.
Feb-19-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE
Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE: NOT A DEFENDER

Fischer vs Mecking, 1970 19 Qg4xg7+! Qe7xQg7 no longer defends f6-rook, 20 Rf1xRf6

Nov-21-11  Marmot PFL: <Here is a good Mecking end game, vs. Tal. Mecking vs Tal, 1975 I think he improved his ending because of the Korchnoi match, but then got very ill and had to leave chess.
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  Fusilli: <xrt999: this game illustrates a pretty cool mathematical fundamental of chess: when ahead material trade down.> ... <Ive always liked this simple mathematical point.>

Hmm... careful with those principles. Trading down cannot be done blindly... you may end up ridding your opponent of weaknesses. After all, another principle tells us that advantages are often transformed and mutate into different (and bigger, if things are done properly) advantages.

And there are exceptions. For example, Fischer played 32.b4 instead of trading 32.bxc4. No principle is written in stone. *That* is what I always liked about chess.

Mar-06-12  RookFile: When you're winning, the rule is trade pieces not pawns. There are exceptions, of course.
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  Penguincw: I like the pun. :)
Mar-07-12  kurtrichards: <42. Rd6> ...and Mecking's king is cut off. A clear 1-0.
Oct-26-13  parisattack: Awesome thematic play by Fischer. "How to Play the Nimzo-Larsen Attack." He was indeed a machine from 1970-1972!
Aug-20-14  newhampshireboy: A wonderful game!
Nov-28-14  SpiritedReposte: <Mecking Order>
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  yiotta: Fischer's handling of the Nimzo-Larsen was original and pragmatic, see also his game vs. Ulf Andersson. I can only wonder what it would be like to play with such clarity of thought, such pure vision, such brilliance, and it's really very sad that off the chess board, his life was so unhappy and such a mess.
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  harrylime: <yiotta: Fischer's handling of the Nimzo-Larsen was original and pragmatic, see also his game vs. Ulf Andersson. I can only wonder what it would be like to play with such clarity of thought, such pure vision, such brilliance, and it's really very sad that off the chess board, his life was so unhappy and such a mess.>

Just like Morphy ?

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  yiotta: <harrylime> Very much so, I think.
Oct-12-16  Jimmy720: Very instructive Nimzo-Larsen play
Dec-23-16  Saniyat24: Fischer's Knight is like a hitman...capturing a lot of the Black pieces...!
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  perfidious: <Marmot: Korchnoi said Mecking's weakness was the ending....>

Petrosian also was less than sanguine regarding Mecking's prospects of success at the very highest level, a topic touched upon in one of Dvoretsky's works.

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  offramp: Soviet players used to say, "Western players are Grandmasters in the opening, Masters in the middle game and beginners in the endgame."
May-16-17  Mithrain: Althought the 19th White's move was really nice, what I truly admire is Fischer's technique. Black's position is not that easy to crack and Bobby showed how to beat Mecking slowly but surely.
May-17-17  Petrosianic: <xrt999>: <Ive always liked this simple mathematical point.>

Except that it's not as simple as you make out. Generally, the rule is that the person ahead in material wants to trade <pieces>, while the person behind wants to trade pawns. The person behind wants to trade pawns, even though it violates the precept you just mentioned, because there are plenty of drawn K+P vs. K endings, or endings where the weaker side can sacrifice a piece for the final pawn and still draw. The fact that a 3 point Bishop can be less valuable than a 1 point Pawn upsets all those little equations.

May-17-17  RookFile: This game reminds me of Lasker. I'm pretty sure he would have played the same moves once the middlegame arrived.
Dec-26-18  wtpy: Didnt Mecking have a serious health issue in his late 20s, when he is was pushing toward the elite. In a demanding game like chess you are never going to overcome that. Still it is hard to imagine even an in top form Mecking beating Karpov or Korchnoi.
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  Honza Cervenka: 16...Bxe5? was a careless move. Mecking apparently missed little tactical trick winning a Pawn after 19.Qxg7+. 16...g6 was correct.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, that malady was myasthenia gravis, which forced Mecking out of chess for over a decade.
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  harrylime: I dream about this chess game.
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